COST: $12/unit = ~$360 for a forehead, brow and crows feet
TIME: 45 minutes
Our office offers neuromodulators for the treatment of dynamic wrinkles caused by muscle movement. Botox injections are formulations of a neurotoxin called botulinum. The primary areas that can be addressed with Botox are the forehead, the area between the eyebrows or the “11s”, and the crows feet. Botox can also be used to soften the jawline, smooth out bands in the neck, and even reduce wrinkling around the nose. Generally, the treatment lasts ~3 months and can be repeated once the effects have worn off. Patients are often concerned that using Botox once means you have to keep doing it in order to maintain results. This is not entirely true. Once it wears off you will likely want to do it again but you do not need to.
We always start with a conservative amount your first time getting the injection, as you can always add more. Generally speaking it takes 48 to 72 hours to see the full results. Though bruising can occur, a slow and delicate injection technique as well as avoiding alcohol and exercise the day of treatment minimize these effects. The primary risks associated with use in the face include accidental spread of the toxin to unintended muscles. This can lead to a droopy eyelid which must be treated with a special eyedrop called apraclonidine.
The question we are most frequently asked is in regards to the pain associated with injection. We use the smallest possible needle to perform injections and typically do not use any numbing cream for Botox as application of ice before and after the injection helps relieve any residual pain. By utilizing the latest injection techniques and talking you through the process we are able to provide an extremely comfortable and carefree experience.
BOTOX® Cosmetic FAQs
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription drug that, when injected, temporarily paralyzes muscles. BOTOX Cosmetic injections treat moderate-to-severe facial lines and wrinkles that are formed by continual muscle contraction. Treatment with BOTOX Cosmetic is the most popular physician-performed nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in the United States.
What Does BOTOX Cosmetic Do?
According to its manufacturer, Allergan, Inc., “BOTOX Cosmetic is the first and only FDA-approved prescription product that temporarily improves the appearance of both moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows and moderate-to-severe crow’s feet in adults.”
How Does BOTOX Cosmetic Work?
Properly placed injections of BOTOX Cosmetic, which contains a purified and safe form of botulinum toxin A, block nerve impulses sent to muscles, weakening them to the point where they cannot contract.
When Will I See Results From BOTOX Cosmetic? How Long Does It Last?
Results from BOTOX injections are apparent within 24 to 48 hours, and are maximized by 30 days. Results often last between 3 and 4 months.
Does BOTOX Cosmetic Have Medical Applications?
Yes; it is used to treat a number of medical problems, including excessive sweating, overactive bladder, neck spasms, crossed eyes, chronic back and jaw pain, and migraines.
Who Is Qualified To Give BOTOX Cosmetic Injections?
The manufacturer of BOTOX Cosmetic recommends that injections only be given by a doctor who has experience with BOTOX Cosmetic, and has a “medical practice that focuses on facial aesthetics and offers other facial aesthetic treatments.”
What Are The Possible Side Effects Of BOTOX Cosmetic?
Side effects of BOTOX Cosmetic are usually mild and temporary. Possible injection-site side effects include pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, bleeding and bruising.
What Are The Possible Cosmetic Side Effects Of BOTOX Cosmetic?
Depending on where they are given, cosmetic side effects of BOTOX injections include eyelid drooping and swelling.